With predictions that road freight will double by 2020 and an expected shortage of skilled workers, TAFE Western has boosted its capacity to provide driver training for the heavy vehicle transport industry with the launch of its new heavy vehicle driving simulator.
The simulator, which was launched in Dubbo, uses advanced computer technology to allow students to learn to drive a variety of trucks in all sorts of situations.
The complex equipment has itself been mounted in a truck so that it can be used to provide training anywhere it is required.
TAFE Western Institute Director, Kate Baxter said, "The transport industry is a vital contributor to the region's economy and provides a lot of employment. TAFE Western is proud to be able to expand its services to the industry."
"It was through consultation with the transport industry that the need for this training facility was indentified. Since then there has been a long process to source funds, obtain the equipment from the USA then fit it out in its vehicle as we see it now"
The equipment can be reprogrammed to simulate a variety of heavy vehicles with different driving situations. Ms Baxter said, "It might look like a huge game machine, but it will make a serious contribution to driver training. All up it represents an investment of $265,000.
The simulator was purchased by TAFE NSW AND the Australian Government supported the initiative by providing funding to purchase the truck which has enabled the simulator to be used for mobile training.
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